The BGU-Negev Hi-Tech Faculty Startup Accelerator (BGU-NHSA) was formed as a hub for faculty members interested in developing and focusing on startups with the help of their students. BGU-NHSA provides the opportunity to develop breakthrough inventions and receive all the support, assistance and help they need. It combines the consulting know-how of traditional accelerators with the vast resources of its research university.
We also offer unique mentorship by successful industry leaders to create a powerful environment for startups, allowing them to find capital, launch and grow.
Prof. Shlomi Dolev – Executive Director
Hagai Ortner – Entrepreneurship Advisor
Simcha Mahler - Manager of Operations
Board of Advisors
Eric Benhamou – Benhamou Global Ventures
Prof. Raz Jelinek - Vice President and Dean of Research & Development, BGU
Dr. Yonah Alexandre Bronstein, ASTAV Inc.
Ethel Chait Stein, Ethel Chait Stein, LLM (Magna Cum Laude)
Netta Cohen - BGN
Dana Gavish-Fridman - BGU
Roman Gold - JSCapital
Dr. Harry J. Saal – Retrotope Inc.
Hagai Ortner, Magna BSP
Yuval Shachar - Team8
Yoav Tzruya - JVP
Prof. Jeffrey D. Ullman – Stanford University
The BGU-NHSA office is on the Benhamou Incubation Center on the top floor of the Alon Building for Hi-Tech, formerly occupied by Deutsche Telekom and IBM.
The office consists of designated workspaces, open workspaces, a conference room, a community kitchen, and a hardware room.
The BGU-NHSA offers the guidance of numerous mentors and advisors from the industry who will be continuously invited by Prof. Shlomi Dolev, the head of the accelerator. Among the invitees are Dr. Yonah Alexandre Bronstein, Dr. Ethel Chait Stein, Hagai Ortner, and more. We are constantly working to add more professionals from different areas to ensure the exposure to every topic in the industry. The advisors and mentors offer legal, financial, and technical insights.
Venture capital firms, such as BGV, JVP, Team8, JSCapital and more take part in the advisory board.
In addition to professionals, many of the faculty and researchers in hi-tech related departments excel from not only a technical and academic point of view, but have substantial experience and insight into the startup ecosystem, either as founders or advisors to a number of startup teams. This group of preeminent individuals provides teams with an additional interdisciplinary platform of support.